Are you thinking about taking a cruise with Fathom? Today I am sharing a few things to know before you board the Fathom Adonia. I had the pleasure of sailing on the first cruise and can’t wait to share more tips and tools to make your experience the best cruise you can have.
The first tip I have is that Fathom is not for every traveler. I know this may surprise you but cruising with Fathom is not like other cruises. This isn’t a booze cruise, a quick stop in multiple ports and head home type of cruise. This is a journey that takes you to the Dominican Republic or Cuba. During the journey, you will not only learn about the country you are visiting but you will learn a lot about yourself.
The Fathom Adonia is a small ship which makes it easy to meet new people and see the entire ship during your cruise. The Adonia was a British P&O ship and still has some great British influences. My favorite being there is a water kettle in your room so you can enjoy your favorite tea or instant coffee each morning without having to leave your room. I loved being able to make some chai tea and sit on the balcony for a few minutes and just soak up the moment.
Another thing to know if Fathom is brand new. There are going to be hiccups and a few bumps along the way but in the end, it is so worth it. I had the chance to meet with and talk to Tara Russell the president of Fathom and her joy for this venture is contagious. You can’t help but root for Fathom and cheer them on as they truly take cruise vacations to a new level.
Becca one of the Impact Guides is truly amazing and you need to meet her during your time on the ship! Give her a giant big hug for me! She inspired me, motivated me and made me laugh daily during my cruise. Her insight into the cruise, her willingness to cheer you on while you try something new and her quick smile were some of my favorite moments during my Fathom experience.
My biggest thing to know about taking a cruise with Fathom is to leave your worries, traumas, fears, and roadblocks at the port and board the ship with an open mind, an open heart and a willingness to not only try new things but learn about yourself. This cruise will push you in ways you don’t expect. You may find yourself getting acupuncture at sea on a moving ship like I did or trying guided meditation. You never know what is around each corner of the ship.
Keep an eye out for curiosity boxes around the ship! I found them in stairwells, the library, the coffee bar among other places. These boxes were such fun treats as I learned about the ship. One part motivating, one part entertaining they are unlike anything I have seen on a ship before.
MAKE SURE to visit the library during your cruise! The library was completely redone with books specifically for Fathom. Tara reached out to employees and ask for their favorite books and the library is filled with Carnival corporation employees favorite books. I honestly could have spent hours curled up in a chair reading. So many books that I have been meaning to read and so many I took pics of to read in the future.
Don’t be afraid to try new things on the ship. Everyone there is pushing themselves along with you! Make a mask during the Super Power party! Fill out the get to know you board in front of your room, try a new dance class, sing karaoke, whatever you feel like you need to do is the right place to be.
A few other things to know…
If you are vegetarian make sure and ask if something is questionable to you. A few things on the buffet I thought would be vegetarian ended up being questionable including some crackers that I don’t know what they were but the moment I tasted them I knew they were most likely not vegetarian.
The Adonia is an older ship. The ship has been redone for Fathom but it does have some older ship quirks to get used to. There is a step up into the bathroom so if you have mobility issues you may want to check and see if there is a bathroom without a step.
The ship is smaller so you can easily get from one activity to the next quickly.
The Glass House on the 10th floor is absolutely gorgeous and so worth visiting! Try a flight of organic wine and enjoy watching the water go by!
Dinner at the Ocean Grill is an absolute must!!! Go early in the week so you can plan a return visit! Trust me it is that good. Chef Emil does amazing things in the kitchen and is a total sweetheart to top it off. He is from the Dominican Republic and shares his loves of his country in his food.
The sit-down breakfast is great and I found it to be better than the buffet. Plus the waiters are so friendly and fun to talk with.
The coffee bar is great for coffee addicts. Make sure and tell them how you like your coffee. I heard people had mixed results on some drinks as they were learning to make them.
During meals in the dining room if you love something ask for seconds. If you are not a fan of something ask for a new meal. It is ok to not love everything that is served in front of you. If you see 2 appetizers you want you can order 2 or make one an entrée. Trust me the waiters are amazing and want to make sure you have the best meal of your life!
Wifi is available on board the ship. During our cruise the cost was $.50 a minute if you pay as you go. $35 for 100 minutes or $62.50 for 250 minutes. During the time the ship is in Amber Cove wifi was free of charge. There is a Fathom App that is great.
Overall my biggest tip for cruising with Fathom is something I learned during guided meditation…..Lean into the flow!
There may be bumps along the way but in the end, you will depart the ship having learned not only about the Dominican Republic but also yourself.